On the second floor of the International Buddhist Progress Society building, at 1111 International Parkway in Richardson, there is a unique dining experience open to the public to enjoy.

During the week and on Sundays, the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) offers vegetarian meals and the opportunity to learn about the religion.

BLIA is part of Richardson’s Interfaith Alliance, a group that works to increase respect of all faiths through education and increased awareness and to coordinate and enhance faith-based services for the betterment of the community.

“Vegetarian is obviously more healthy. For the nutrition we offer vegetables and also protein. We only charge $7 so, people can come here more often,” said Abbess Mankuang, Buddha’s Light International Association.

The organization employs a chef to prepare the meals.  The dining room staff are all volunteers.

The Dining Hall – Lunch Buffet on the 2nd floor is open Sunday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The temple also has a tea house which is open 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Visit http://www.richardsoninterfaith.org/ for more information this and other faith-based groups around Richardson.